Shiras Moose Hunting in Colorado GMU 15 - Routt, Grand, and Eagle Counties

From a low of 6,300 to 12,000ft along the Continental Divide. The Routt National Forest dominates the eastern 2/3 of the Upper Yampa units with coniferous forests and aspen. Mountain shrub and rolling sage cover the low country.

GMU 15 - Routt, Grand, and Eagle Counties

Scores


Ease of Drawing
6
 
6
Success
0
N/A
Trophy Potential
25
 
25
Public Access
70
 
70
Ease of Terrain
30
 
30
Room to Breathe
99
 
99
Opportunity
7
 
7
Convenience
48
 
48
Ease of Effort
0
N/A
50
HuntScore

Access Notes


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Bounded on N by US Highway 40; on E by Muddy Creek-Yampa River divide (Gore Range Divide) and Canyon Creek; on S by Colorado River; on W by County Highway 131.

Most of the land outside of the national forest is private land. Hunting pressure is heavy. Hunters will have better success and enjoy more solitude by walking into remote areas. Sarvis Creek Wilderness Areas access is restricted to non-vehicle methods.

County

Routt, Grand, Eagle

Size

457 Square Miles (292,334 Acres)

Land Ownership

34% Private, 65% Public, 51% USFS, 10% BLM, 4% State, 51% Wilderness

Latitude/Longitude

40.1422, -106.7344

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 17 hotels, 8 campgrounds, and 1 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Shiras Moose Notes


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HuntScore Tip

Public land and private land percentages can sometime be misleading. A unit may have 80% public land, but a particluar species may only occupy 20% on the entire area. And that 20% species distribution may lie 100% within private lands. Does that sound confusing? Just remember that there are always exceptions to the rule, and land ownership is just one piece of the puzzle.

Photos and Terrain Notes


From a low of 6,300 to 12,000ft along the Continental Divide. The Routt National Forest dominates the eastern 2/3 of the Upper Yampa units with coniferous forests and aspen. Mountain shrub and rolling sage cover the low country. The Gore Range, north of the Colorado River, is a long ridge (10,000 feet elevation) that runs north to Rabbit Ears Pass.

The landscape north of Gore Pass Highway is heavily timbered, primarily with lodgepole pine, aspen, Engelmann spruce and sub-alpine fir. The terrain is not rugged by Colorado standards. South of Gore Pass the elevation drops rapidly into piñon and juniper habitat. There are several major geographical features besides the Gore Range in this area.

They are: Thorpe Mountain, Blacktail Mountain, Green Ridge, Black Mountain, Congor Mesa, and Yarmony Mountain. The main drainages in the Yampa River drainage are Harrison Creek, Green Creek, Sarvis Creek, Silver Creek, and Morrison Creek. The main drainages in the Colorado River drainage are Muddy Creek, Blacktail Creek, Rock Creek, and Egeria Creek. The highest elevation is Red Dirt Peak (10,811ft.) on Gore Divide and the lowest is the Colorado River at State Bridge (6,744 ft.)

Shiras-moose Drawing Stats (2019)


Total Quota
16
Licenses Drawn
16
Licenses Surplus
0
Resident Quota
14
Nonresident Quota
2
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
0
8.6%
Average Draw Odds
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Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season
MF015O1A
F
A
O1
MM015O1A
M
A
O1
HuntScore Tip: Hunters born after 1948 must present a hunter education card when purchasing a license. License agents will accept cards issued by other states but they will not accept a previous year?s license or photocopies of hunter education cards.

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Shiras-moose Harvest Stats (2018)


Total Hunters
11
Total Harvest
8
Harvest Male
4
Harvest Female
4
72.7%
Average Success
Manner Season Hunters Harvest
R
R
10 7
A
A
1 1
HuntScore Tip: Ever hunt a unit with a 100% success rate and not see any deer? If you're nodding your head to any of these scenarios then you're one of the people who knows that statistics are a good guide, but they aren't a guarantee.

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Camping

Stone Glacier 0 Degree Chilkoot Sleeping Bag -Grey-0 Degree

Stone Glacier 0 Degree Chilkoot Sleeping Bag -Grey-0 Degree

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Footwear

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